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Here are scores from Friday night's high school baseball and softball games featuring local teams.


Mayfield 6, St. Mary 0
South Fulton 17, Fulton City 0
Graves County 13, Grandview, MO 1
Covington, TN 10, Paducah Tilghman 3
Calloway County 2, Trigg County 0
Caldwell County 7, Union County 6
Carlisle County 12, Cobden, IL 3
Collierville, TN 4, McCracken County 0
Crittenden County 10, Ballard Memorial 9
Lyon County 10, Madisonville 8


McCracken County 5, Webster County 0
Crittenden County 15, Fort Campbell 0
Crittenden County 6, Graves County 1
Graves County 4, Stewart County, TN 1
Trigg County 17, Fort Campbell 0
Trigg County 8, Obion County 0
Livingston Central 7, UHA 6
Lyon County 10, Calloway County 9
Paducah Tilghman 8, Murray 6
Michael Wacha has been nearly unbeatable against the Cincinnati Reds.

Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals won 4-2 Friday night to spoil Jim Riggleman's debut as Reds interim manager.

Wacha (3-1) gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, to improve to 10-1 in his career against the Reds.

"I don't know what it is. I just have a good record against them I guess," Wacha said. "I try not to think who's out there, who I'm facing but just trying to attack every single team that comes in here. I really can't put my finger on what it is honestly."

Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny had his own ideas as to why Wacha has been so successful against the Reds.

"Michael, you know he's got good stuff," Matheny said. "You throw him out there often enough against anybody, I think he's going to get his share of wins and just watch him continue to improve."

Jose Martinez had three hits and an RBI, raising his batting average to .358 this season. He has eight RBIs over his last seven games. Tommy Pham scored twice as the Cardinals gave Wacha a 4-0 lead after two innings.

"We went out there and tried to be aggressive," Martinez said. "The plan was to go out there and score first and we did it so I felt like we set the tone and (Wacha) kept us in the game and that was good."

Bud Norris picked up his fifth save in five chances despite allowing a two-out RBI single to Alex Blandino, helping the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games.

Brandon Finnegan (0-2) lost for the second time in two starts against the Cardinals this year. Finnegan came off the disabled list (left biceps strain) April 14th. He allowed five hits and four runs while walking four over three innings.

Riggleman replaced Bryan Price, who was fired Thursday after Cincinnati lost 15 of its first 18 games. The Reds have now lost 11 of their last 12.

Pham, who scored on Molina's bases-loaded double in the first, walked in the second and scored on Martinez's double to make it 4-0.

The Reds' only damage against Wacha came in the third as Billy Hamilton scored on Jose Peraza's sacrifice fly. It was Cincinnati's first run since the eighth inning against Milwaukee on Monday, ending a 21-inning scoreless streak. Last season the Reds season-high scoreless streak was 20 innings.

While Riggleman wasn't happy with the outcome he seemed pleased to get the chance to manage again.

"It wasn't quite riding a bike," Riggleman said. "I was very excited to get the opportunity again. We want to do some good things and carry on (Bryan Price's) message and our guys did. They played hard. We want to go hard on behalf of everybody and this city (Cincinnati), the fans. They deserve better baseball and they're going to get better baseball."


The Reds appointment of Riggleman as interim manager marks the fourth time in his career that he has held this position. He previously was named interim manager in San Diego, Seattle and Washington. He was promoted to manager everywhere but Seattle. Riggleman also managed the Chicago Cubs (1995-1998) and managed in the Cardinals' minor league system (1982-'88).


Reds: OF Scott Schebler was activated from the 10-day disabled list and LHP Cody Reed (0-0, four appearances) was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Schebler was on the DL with a right ulnar nerve contusion.

Cardinals: RHP Sam Tuivailala threw a bullpen session Friday and St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Tuivailala will begin an official rehabilitation assignment the middle of next week. Tuivailala was placed on the DL with a left knee strain.


Reds RHP Homer Bailey (0-3, 3.42) will face Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.75) in the second of a three-game series on Saturday. Martinez is 7-3 in his career against Cincinnati and the Cardinals have won seven of his last nine starts against the Reds, including last Sunday's 3-2 win in Cincinnati. Bailey is still looking for his first win in five starts. He is 6-14 in his career against St. Louis.

The Chicago Cubs swung hot bats on a cold, damp night in Denver.

Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each had a homer and four RBIs, and the Cubs rode a seven-run sixth inning to a 16-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night amid intermittent rain and temperatures that dipped into the upper 30s.

"We just came from Chicago where it was really cruddy (weather) until that last day" of the homestand, Schwarber said. "We're all used to that weather, but it was definitely a good day getting the win."

The elements certainly didn't affect the Cubs' bats.

Baez had four hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Schwarber had three hits, connecting for his fourth home run of the season in the sixth to help break open the game. Albert Almora Jr. added four hits, including a double and RBI single.

"Thirty-some degrees, but the dugout was like a cocoon," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It wasn't really that cold. But I heard it was really cold on the field."

Kyle Hendricks (1-1) struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first win of the season.

Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado in his return from a five-game suspension stemming from his involvement in a brawl against San Diego earlier this month.

The Cubs, who had a season high in runs and hits (18), broke a tie with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth, moving in front 5-3. They batted around in the sixth, collecting a season-high six hits in the inning, three of them for extra bases.

The first of those, an RBI triple by Jason Heyward, chased Jon Gray (1-4), who allowed seven runs — five earned — in five-plus innings. Schwarber's three-run drive off reliever Bryan Shaw highlighted the outburst, reaching the stand of evergreens beyond the centerfield wall.

"Obviously the park and the elevation, if you just put a good swing on the ball you're going to get rewarded," Schwarber said of batting in hitter-friendly Coors Field. "You can't get up there trying to do too much because that's when bad things are going to happen."

Schwarber added an RBI single in the Cubs' three-run eighth.

"I'm just waiting for this nightmare to end," said Gray, who lost a third straight decision for the first time in his career. "I feel like I'm making strides each time but the results are just not there yet. It's not going to keep me from going out there next time and giving everything I have."

Rockies manager Bud Black said he's confident Gray will get back on track soon.

"There's nothing really glaring that's holding him back," Black said. "He's healthy. His delivery looks fine."

Chicago jumped to a 2-0 lead when Almora beat out an infield single to lead off the game and Baez followed by connecting for his sixth home run of the season.

The Rockies answered with a three-run first, getting an RBI single from Charlie Blackmon and a two-run homer by Arenado, who clubbed the first pitch for his second homer of the season in his first game back since serving his suspension for charging the mound April 11 against San Diego.


Baez hit a one-out double and initially was called out trying to advance on Bryant's fielder's choice. But the call was overturned on review after replays showed Baez had beaten third baseman Arenado's tag. Baez later scored on a groundout and Bryant came home on Arenado's errant throw to first after fielding a grounder by Wilson Contreras.


Cubs: RHP Eddie Butler was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a right groin strain. RHP Luke Farrell was recalled from Triple A Iowa to fill Butler's roster spot. Farrell was expected to serve in long relief.

Rockies: RF Carlos Gonzalez missed the game with right hamstring soreness. He tweaked his hamstring Wednesday making a diving catch at Pittsburgh. The Rockies were off on Thursday.


Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (0-1, 6.00 ERA) allowed a season-high nine hits and four walks in taking the loss in his last start against Atlanta.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (0-0, 4.74 ERA) is seeking his first win in his fifth start of the season.

Injuries left the Avalanche playing their backup to the backup goaltender while needing a victory to stave off elimination.

The goalie nicknamed the "Hamburglar" came through.

Andrew Hammond made a career-high 44 saves for his first postseason victory, and Colorado rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night and sent the first-round series back to Denver for Game 6.

"Obviously, it was a lot of fun," said Hammond, who was mobbed in the locker room. "We're excited to have another game. We didn't want this to be the last one of the season, and I think to a man, we all did whatever we could to make sure that wasn't the case."

This is the third time the Avalanche had trailed 3-1 in a series since moving to Colorado. They lost the first two but have a chance Sunday to push the defending Western Conference champs to a seventh game after rallying with two goals in the final 4:11.

They also became the first to win a playoff game in regulation when trailing in the final 5:00 of the third since Chicago won at Boston in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Gabriel Landeskog started the rally with his goal into an empty net with Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne caught outside the crease with his own teammate Ryan Ellis in his lap. Then Sven Andrighetto gave the Avs the lead off a rebound of a shot by J.T. Compher with 1:28 left that stunned a sold-out Nashville crowd that had expected to celebrate advancing to the second round.

"We've got a series again going home, and it's going to be exciting," Landeskog said. "As we talked about before tonight, just to win one. We don't have to win three in one night."

This was not only Hammond's first playoff victory, it was his first postseason start since April 17, 2015, with Ottawa and just the third of his career. He started only one game during the regular season after being traded to Colorado in November.

"You never know when you're going to get a second chance," Hammond said. "I've played two games basically since the start of January — at times it felt as though that day would never come again when you're going to play again. You keep battling in practice, you stick to the process, when you get your chance, you're ready."

Colorado coach Jared Bednar said he loved Hammond's demeanor since learning he would be starting.

"He's waited a long time this year for this opportunity, and he's making the most of it," Bednar said.

The series winner will face Winnipeg in the second round.

Nick Bonino scored for Nashville.

This game was scoreless until Bonino's goal with 9:42 left, a big change for a series that had been the highest-scoring of the first round averaging 7.25 goals per game coming into Game 5.

The Predators peppered Hammond, and the only time Nashville beat him was when Mattias Ekholm's shot bounced off his left pad and went in off Bonino's right skate. The official on the spot immediately waved it off. Officials huddled, then reviewed the play.

During the review, fans sang "Let It Be" while holding up their cellphones with the flash on. Referee Kevin Pollock announced the call on the ice had been overturned , starting a long-awaited celebration.

The lead didn't last long as the Avs rallied.

"It's not like we didn't have opportunities," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "They did a pretty good job in front of him. We had lots of looks, lots of opportunities. We couldn't get in."

The Avalanche came into the postseason with goalie Semyon Varlamov and defenseman Erik Johnson sidelined by knee injuries, then defenseman Samuel Girard missed three games with his own upper-body injury before Jonathan Bernier, Varlamov's backup, suffered his own lower-body injury. That pushed the Hamburglar into the net.

The Predators started and ended the second period on the power play but couldn't beat Hammond. Their best scoring chance came with a 4-on-2, but Hammond stopped Roman Josi's shot and then handled Calle Jarnkrok's attempt off the rebound at 12:36. Hammond also made a big pad save on Ellis' slap shot and then stopped another Josi shot late in the period.

NOTES: The Avalanche snapped a seven-game skid in Nashville with the win. They ended a 12-game skid to the Preds overall in Game 3. ... Nashville had been perfect last postseason with a chance to clinch a series on its own ice, winning all three series to reach the Stanley Cup Final. ... Predators forward Ryan Hartman sat out his suspension for a hit on Carl Soderberg in Game 4.


Game 6 in Denver on Sunday night.

Murray State Men's Basketball Head Coach Matt McMahon announced on Friday that junior guard Byron Hawkins has been granted his release to explore graduate transfer opportunities.

“We are thankful for his contributions to our program and to our 2018 OVC championship team,” McMahon said. “I respect and support his desire to play the point guard position at his next school and we wish him the very best moving forward.  I look forward to congratulating Byron and his family at his May 12 graduation from our great university."

Hawkins averaged just over seven points per game last season for the Racers.